Evaluating the Comprehension of Euler Diagrams

Benoy, Florence and Rodgers, Peter (2007) Evaluating the Comprehension of Euler Diagrams. In: 11th International Conference on Information Visualization (IV 2007), 4th - 6th July 2007, Zurich, Switzerland. (Full text available)

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Abstract

We describe an empirical investigation into layout criteria that can help with the comprehension of Euler diagrams. Euler diagrams are used to represent set inclusion in applications such as teaching set theory, database querying, software engineering, filing system organisation and bio-informatics. Research in automatically laying out Euler diagrams for use with these applications is at an early stage, and our work attempts to aid this research by informing layout designers about the importance of various Euler diagram aesthetic criteria. The three criteria under investigation were: contour jaggedness, zone area inequality and edge closeness. Subjects were asked to interpret diagrams with different combinations of levels for each of the criteria. Results for this investigation indicate that, within the parameters of the study, all three criteria are important for understanding Euler diagrams and we have a preliminary indication of the ordering of their importance.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Additional information: Typos corrected from published version.
Uncontrolled keywords: Euler Diagrams
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Applied and Interdisciplinary Informatics Group
Depositing User: Peter Rodgers
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2008 18:04
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2014 11:34
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/14566 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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